Opinion

Challenges on the price front

Reviving industry through a soft interest rate policy is not going to be easy as long as inflation remains above the RBI’s comfort zone. Supply side measures to cool inflation need to be undertaken by the new government with utmost priority.


‘Higher standards’ are double standards

Israel and India are two lonely democracies in turbulent regions of the world. They have much in common, but have never been close.


Carpe diem

In his first public speech after leading the BJP to a historic win, Narendra Modi was careful to strike precisely the right note with not only those who voted for him, but those who did not.


An open letter to Narendra Modi

Let this historic win be followed by a historic innings, which stuns the world by surprises your supporters may not want of you but many more would want to see you unfurl, writes Gopalkrishna Gandhi.


Not how many, but who voted made the difference

This election has created new trends and narratives even as it has sharpened old ones, says Rukmini S. through an analysis of electoral data.


Don’t dismiss those election petitions

If the petitioner loses interest in pursuing the petition, the court could consider substituting the Election Commission for the petitioner.


Renewal of political authority should help leverage this Mandate for new reforms

The electorate was disgusted with the corruption associated with the ousted UPA regime and expects the Modi-led government to wipe out corruption from public life.


A mandate to revive the economy

The Narendra Modi government should go for a smart, light regulatory approach to kickstart investment.


Modi’s time starts now

Mr. Modi’s first few steps are likely to restore credibility of the institutions of governance.


An election to remember

One must admit that Modi was an idea whose time has come. Yet, to talk of him as an independent subject would be organisationally incomplete.


The Manmohan Singh legacy

Singh was both constrained and embarrassed by the Congress leadership and the compulsions of coalition politics. It is unfortunate that a man with a reputation for impeccable personal integrity ultimately allowed a cabal of anti-reformers and corrupt ministers to undermine all the good things he stood for.


Revive manufacturing as a top priority

For the new government, there is a long list of ‘things to do’ on an urgent basis to revive the sagging economy. On top of the list is the need to revive the manufacturing sector.


Sensex and sensibility

The issue of sensibility should be at the top of the new government’s agenda because its attitude to freedom of expression will determine whether it is truly committed to the wonder that is India.


A dead end on the road to peace?

The sad truth is that Kashmir’s Islamists are the only political force offering disenfranchised youth a transformative language.


Mullaperiyar: a matter of judicial overreach

One wishes that the Supreme Court had refused to entertain the case and pushed the two States to talk to each other.


The ANC mould cracks

The ANC will be severely tested for the next five years, while its rivals develop alternatives. The ANC mould may not be broken yet, but it is certainly cracking.


Perils of non-disclosure

The Court has made it clear that the Returning Officer cannot be expected to hold a summary inquiry into some disputed facts and reject the nomination on the spot.


Claiming the four-step formula

The Manmohan Singh government’s record on Kashmir could remain the template for the new government to build on in order to resolve the Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan.


A ‘longer view’ no longer

At the cost of being called ‘weak,’ Manmohan Singh and Atal Bihari Vajpayee projected to the world at large that India was willing to take a ‘longer view’ of the obvious threats that it faced.


Within touching distance

In a situation that calls for reparation, it is the one who needs reparation that must report satisfaction, not the reparation-giver.